Renato Salles

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Renato Salles, Chicken or Pasta Founder
The Brazil Curator Travel Contributor
Born and raised in São Paulo

What I’m all about…
The urban life. I’m an architect so I’m always paying attention to what different cities have in common and in particular. I love to see how the urban space interferes with people’s lives and how interactions with one another change our surroundings.

A typical day in São Paulo includes...
A good planning. The city is huge, multicultural and vibrant. You can spend the whole day visiting art galleries and museums, or exploring the plurality of our food, bar hopping and enjoying São Paulo’s vibrant nightlife. Or you can mix all of that. In any case, 24 hours won’t be enough.

A Brazilian architect who changed the way I see the world…
Lelé, or João Filgueiras Lima. He’s one of the most underestimated and prolific architects in the country. His work is all about giving the best experience to the public, with the most beautiful architectural solutions. He never drew attention to himself of to his accomplishments, because his focus was always the people living in his projects.

First time visiting Brazil, people should not miss…
Inhotim. It’s the most amazing open air gallery/farm in the world, with site-specific installations amongst amazing tropical forest, presenting the best of the contemporary art scene not only of Brazil but from different countries.

My last and next trip in Brazil…
I recently went to Trancoso, in Bahia, with the pristine beaches and top quality local cuisine. My next trip will be to Serra da Canastra, a rustic and preserved region where São Francisco river starts. They have the best cheese made in Brazil.